March 13, 2020

Applestein-Sweren Book Prize Winners 2020 Announced

The Goucher College Library has announced the winners of the seventh annual Applestein-Sweren Prize for book collecting.

applestein-swerenCongratulations to the winners of the seventh annual Applestein-Sweren Prize for book collecting, which was made possible by an endowment established in 2012 by Betty Applestein Sweren ’52 and Dr. Edgar Sweren. The competition encourages Goucher students to read for enjoyment and to develop personal libraries throughout their lives; to appreciate the special qualities of printed or illustrated works; and to read, research, and preserve their collected works for pleasure and scholarship.

The winners' essays are available in eScholarship@Goucher.  All prize winners are eligible to compete for the $2,500 national prize awarded by the National Collegiate Book Collecting Contest, sponsored by the  Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America (ABAA), the Fellowship of American Bibliophilic Societies (FABS), the Grolier Club, and the Center for the Book and the Rare Books and Special Collections Division (the Library of Congress).


The winners of this year’s Applestein-Sweren Prizes are:

First Prize:  Uyen Nguyen ’22, Indochina to Vietnam: A (re-telling) search for identity through narratives

Second Prize:  Elijah Brooks ’20, Life and Art Indivisible; the Writing of Vladimir Nabokov

Third Prize:  Alexis Fisher ’20,  “You were born to be a reader”  and  Sarah Wilson ’20,  You Are Home: Books and Music

Honorable Mention:  Rosie David ’20  for the collection of magic and mystery and Kelly Holland ’22 for the collection of communal stories